Guided Afterlife Connections: Healing Grief and Loss

After the death of my 24 year old son last year, I embarked on a journey of grief, and in the midst of this grief, I tried to find peace. Knowing that I needed support in dealing with my loss, I began researching different options for processing the pain. 

As a psychotherapist trained in utilizing bilateral stimulation and the use of eye movements for processing trauma, I was intrigued when I discovered that there was a therapist in Washington who was using bilateral stimulation and eye movements to not only heal the wounds of grief, but to allow clients to establish an actual connection with their departed loved ones with a connection rate of over 95%. These connections were reported to cause a significant reduction in the level of sadness reported by the clients. 

I was curious about all of this, and I have to admit, a little skeptical. I began to study some of the new science about proof of an afterlife, and evidence of  connections with people who had transitioned. What I found was surprising to me. I won't try to convince anyone that the afterlife exists or that these connections are possible, but I do urge the skeptical to do their own research. Google "biocentrism" for a start. 

The more I studied, the more convinced I was that I wanted to participate in this intervention for myself, for my own healing, and also to become trained in the modality and to bring it back to my own practice. I wanted to help others who were struggling just like me. 

I arrived in Gig Harbor, Washington, to meet with Rochelle Wright, the woman who developed the Guided Afterlife Connections protocol. I found her to be a warm, highly intelligent, ethical therapist who had a real heart for helping people heal and for training therapists in this modality. I spent several days one-on-one with Rochelle, first experiencing my own GAC session, then becoming trained in delivering it to others. 

The session was long, it took about 7 hours. They commonly last from 5-7 hours. We began by addressing all of the memories I had of my son that were pertinent to my healing, and then staging which memories caused me the most sadness on a scale of 1-10. During this time Rochelle used bilateral stimulation to help me process these memories. Then she proceeded to add eye movements to speed my processing time and access and process these memories on a deep level. 

At some point in this process I began to see my son's face very clearly. I heard his voice speak to me, and he began to answer questions that had been on my mind since his death. He addressed fears that I had about what his experience of death had been, and about our relationship. He gave me precious messages of love. I experienced the connection for about thirty minutes. During this process I felt so peaceful and calm. It was like the constant sadness that I had been carrying since I received word of his death had been lifted. 

After the intervention Rochelle took me back through the memories and had me again rate my distress on a scale of 1-10. I was astounded that my scores of 10+++ had been reduced to 1 or even to neutral 0! I slept all night that night for the first time since his death. 

I left Washington excited at the prospect of using this protocol. I have implemented it in my practice with the intent of helping people to heal. I know that it is not for everyone, nor should it be. For the right person, this intervention can greatly relieve pain and suffering.



Carolyn is a National Board Certified Licensed Practicing Counselor in the state of Georgia specializing in the treatment of Trauma, grief and relationship issues. 
For more information Carolyn can be reached at carolyn@obrienpsychotherapy.com. 770-789-0847 www.carolyntuckertherapist.com 

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